I-180S

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I-180S
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I-180S
AB RB SB
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Description

The I-180S is a premium gift rank II Soviet fighter with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced during Update 1.87 "Locked On" as a reward for the 2019 "Battlefield Engineer" event.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 500 m585 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude10 000 m
EngineTumansky M-88R
TypeRadial
Cooling systemAir
Take-off weight3 t

The I-180S is a quite a manoeuvrable aircraft at its BR, being able to turn better than many fighters of its tier.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,500 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 565 547 10000 19.5 20.6 12.6 12.6 350
Upgraded 607 585 18.5 19.0 21.5 16.6

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
670 260 N/A 362 250 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 300 < 240 < 300 > 190

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural670 km/h
Gear260 km/h
  • 8 mm Steel - Pilot seat
  • Large, single fuel tank in front of pilot
  • Uncovered cockpit (no cockpit roof)

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 290 Sl icon.png
RB2 600 Sl icon.png
SB390 Sl icon.png
Crew training8 100 Sl icon.png
Experts54 000 Sl icon.png
Aces250 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 50 / 120 / 320 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 124 / 124 / 124 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Radiator
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Compressor
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Wings repair
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Engine
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Engine injection
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
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shkas_belt_pack
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods ammo.png
ub_belt_pack
Mod arrow 1.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
Der-31
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shkas_new_gun
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ub_new_gun

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition440 rounds
Fire rate996 shots/min
Ammunition1 300 rounds
Fire rate1 800 shots/min

The I-180S is armed with:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Berezin UB machine guns, nose-mounted (220 rpg = 440 total)
  • 2 x 7.62 mm ShKAS machine guns, nose-mounted (650 rpg = 1,300 total)

Suspended armament

List of setups (2)
Setup 14 x 50 kg FAB-50sv (forged) bomb
Setup 22 x 100 kg FAB-100sv (forged) bomb

The I-180S can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 4 x 50 kg FAB-50sv bombs (200 kg total)
  • 2 x 100 kg FAB-100sv bombs (200 kg total)

Usage in battles

You can climb to about 4,000-5,000 m of altitude at the beginning of the battle and use Boom & Zoom tactic to get rid of some low-altitude enemies first. If there are any enemies above or at the same altitude as you, it is recommended to attempt to drag them into a dogfight. Head-on attacks are ill-advised against heavily armed and armoured planes such as the F4U Corsair, P-40 Warhawk, and Fw 190 because the I-180S lacks armour around many critical components, including the pilot and fuel tank. The I-180S's armament seems to push the nose up a small amount, but good aim prevents this from being that much of an issue.

Although the I-180S is fairly manoeuvrable, there are some aircraft which can easily outturn it such as the British Spitfire and Japanese A6M Zero. Both of these fighter types have an excellent turn rate which means that dogfighting, even against a mediocre pilot, will most likely result in them getting on your tail. A recommended strategy to combat these types is to try to gain an altitude advantage or do a head-on with a quick snap-turn to out-run them and return for another pass.

In RB/SB modes, the I-180S has a nasty habit of entering stalls at low speeds, especially when turnfighting with manual rudder and elevator controls - at which point, it falls like a rock for a few hundred metres. Daring pilots may be able to use this to their advantage to throw off pursuing planes, but be careful not to end up crashing.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable
Manual activation
  • For those who manually activate the gearing, switch to second gear around 3,500 m and drop the drop climb angle to 10-12 degrees which will make most effective use of the aircraft's engine and supercharger.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great all-round fighter, a bit of turn fighter, a bit of Boom & Zoomer
  • Excellent climb rate due to supercharger
  • Small size means small target
  • Great manoeuvrability
  • Great roll rate
  • Excellent armament packed tightly in the nose of the aircraft, making it easy to aim
  • Can carry bombs for ground attack

Cons:

  • Engine tends to overheat, must be careful with WEP
  • Poor rudder control, difficult to perform wing-overs or hammerhead manoeuvres
  • Underarmoured for its tier
  • Damage to the wings, control surfaces, or engine modules can unbalance the aircraft and or cripple performance

History

Development of the I-180 began in 1938, with the Polikarpov design bureau starting work on creating a new aircraft to meet the requirements of the Soviet Air Force at the time. In order to do so, engineers decided to base the new machine on a modified I-16 design and to install a more powerful radial engine. As a result, the I-180 was created. However, development and testing of prototypes was plagued with numerous issues, including many accidents. This, coupled with the arrival of new Soviet fighter designs quickly cast a shadow on the I-180 project which ultimately led to the project being cancelled by the end of 1940. Prior to the cancellation, a production version of the machine - the I-180S was built but only in very limited numbers. In total, around 13 I-180s were built, including prototypes, but none saw any active service.

- From Devblog

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See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
  • links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.

External links


Polikarpov Design Bureau (Опытное конструкторское бюро Поликарпова)
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis · I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28
I-180  I-180S · I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
ITP  ITP (M-1)
Twin-engine fighters  TIS MA
Bombers  Po-2 · Po-2M
Export  ␗I-15bis · ␗I-153 M-62 · ␗I-16 type 5 · ␗I-16 type 10 · ␗I-16 type 17 · ␗I-16 Chung 28

USSR fighters
I-15  I-15 WR · I-15 M-22 · I-15R · I-15bis
I-153  I-153 M-62 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P
I-16  I-16 type 5 · I-16 type 10 · I-16 type 18 · I-16 type 24 · I-16 type 27 · I-16 type 28 · I-180S
I-29  I-29
I-185  I-185 (M-71) · I-185 (M-82)
I-225  I-225
ITP  ITP (M-1)
MiG-3  MiG-3-15 · MiG-3-15 (BK) · MiG-3-34
LaGG  I-301 · LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-8 · LaGG-3-11 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · LaGG-3-35 · LaGG-3-66
La  La-5 · La-5F · La-5FN · La-7 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-7B-20 · La-9 · La-11
Yak-1/7  Yak-1 · Yak-1B · Yak-7B
Yak-3  Yak-3 · Yak-3P · Yak-3T · Yak-3U · Yak-3 (VK-107)
Yak-9  Yak-9 · Yak-9B · Golovachev's Yak-9M · Yak-9T · Yak-9K · Yak-9U · Yak-9UT · Yak-9P
Other countries  ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Fw 190 D-9 · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc
P-39  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15
P-63  ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5

USSR premium aircraft
Fighters  I-16 type 28 · Zhukovsky's I-153-M62 · I-153P · I-180S · I-301 · ITP (M-1)
  LaGG-3-4 · LaGG-3-23 · LaGG-3-34 · Dolgushin's La-7 · La-11
  Yak-3 (VK-107) · Yak-3T · Golovachev's Yak-9M
  ▂P-39K-1 · ▂Pokryshkin's P-39N-0 · ▂P-39Q-15 · ▂P-40E-1 · ▂P-47D-27 · ▂P-63A-5 · ▂P-63A-10 · ▂P-63C-5
  ▂Hurricane Mk IIB · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · ▂Fw 190 D-9
Twin-engine fighters  I-29
Jet fighters  Su-11 · MiG-15bis ISH · MiG-17AS · MiG-21S (R-13-300)
Strike aircraft  IL-2M "Avenger" · IL-2 M-82 · Su-6 · Tandem MAI · TIS MA · Su-8 · Tu-1 · Yak-38 · Su-7BMK
Bombers  Po-2M · Be-6 · MBR-2-M-34 · Pe-2-205 · TB-3M-17-32
  ▂PBY-5A Catalina · ▂Hampden TB Mk I · ▂B-25J-30